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Botox for Men or “BroTox”: Frequently Asked Questions

Have you ever wondered about getting Botox to look younger and boost your self-confidence? Many think this treatment is just for women – but Botox for men has been growing in popularity for a decade. 

The stigma around men getting Botox is disappearing, so there’s no need to stress about getting information for this popular procedure. We believe all men deserve to feel good about their appearance, so we’ve decided to answer some of the most common questions men have about this cosmetic procedure. Let’s get started.

1. Why are men choosing Botox? Is it a common procedure?

Men choose Botox for lots of different reasons. 

With the rise of social media and online dating, men are more motivated to maintain their appearances than ever before. Many guys turn to cosmetic procedures to boost their self-esteem, look younger, and feel confident. Smoothing out wrinkles can make some men feel more polished and attractive.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 450,000 men received injections in 2018, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure for men by far. Lots of men in their 40’s, 30’s, and even late 20’s are turning to Botox as they notice facial wrinkles emerging.

2. Does it hurt?

Most people describe injections as slightly uncomfortable, but not particularly painful.

Botox injections are done with tiny needles, so you may feel a slight pinprick like any other injection. Your facial plastic surgeon can numb the injection site with a topical anesthetic to make the entire procedure an even easier and pleasant experience.

3. What can Botox do?

Botox is great for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles on the face, especially around the eyes and forehead. It works by blocking the nerve signals that cause facial muscles to contract – causing them to relax instead. That makes wrinkles and fine lines smooth out.

Men most commonly opt for Botox in between their eyebrows (where furrowing your brow makes two parallel lines known as glabellar lines) and at the corners of their eyes (also called crow’s feet). 

Botox is also used for more than just cosmetic applications – many doctors also prescribe injections to treat conditions like excessive sweating, arthritis, and some muscle disorders. It’s been recognized as safe by the FDA since 2002.

4. How quickly does it start working and how long does it last?

Botox can begin to work in as little as 36 hours but can take up to a week after your injection to see the effects.

After leaving the office, you may have a little swelling and tenderness for a few days. Soon, the swelling will fade and you’ll have a smooth, youthful face.

Botox injections will fade slowly over time and typically last about 3-4 months. You won’t wake up to suddenly find every wrinkle has returned, but you may notice your face looks as if it’s gradually aging as the injection wears off.

5. Is Botox safe? (Hint: the answer is YES!)

Botox is one of the safest cosmetic procedures when performed by a certified medical professional. It’s non-surgical, minimally invasive, and generally has few side effects. However, some people worry about the ingredients of each injection.

Botox is synthesized from botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin. While that may sound scary, Botox actually uses such a small amount of botulinum toxin diluted in saline that most dangerous side effects are completely negated. One unit contains only 0.00000000005 grams of botulinum toxin – which is 10 million times lighter than a grain of salt.

It’s important to get injections only from a certified medical professional to minimize the risk of complications. It takes a lot of skill and precision to administer Botox, so it can be dangerous if you receive an injection from someone who doesn’t have the right qualifications and training.

6. What are the side effects?

You may experience some swelling, itching, or redness around the injection site. You may also have a headache, dry or watery eyes, or the injected area may feel droopy or heavy. These side effects are normal and typically go away within a few days.

If you’re having muscle weakness, vision problems, or trouble speaking, swallowing, or breathing, you should contact a doctor immediately – even if it’s been a few weeks since your injection. 

Your facial plastic surgeon will fully brief you on side effects and what to watch out for before your procedure.

7. Will it ‘freeze’ my face?

No, Botox doesn’t freeze your face. This is a very common concern because of the way this procedure is depicted in movies and TV.

In actuality, Botox relaxes your face – it doesn’t freeze anything or make you look like plastic. You’ll retain full motion of your facial muscles and enjoy natural-looking results at the same time.

8. What should I expect at an appointment?

Your Botox appointment will be easy and quick.

When you arrive at the clinic, you’ll be led back into a comfortable procedure room. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss any concerns you may have, go over side effects, make sure you’re prepared, and discuss what outcomes you’re looking for.

Then, you can choose to have a topical anesthetic applied to numb the injection sites. Your surgeon will inject you a few times (depending on how many areas you want addressed, but usually it’s only once or twice in a given area). And then you’re done!

9. What if I have other questions?

If you’re still wondering about Botox and if it’s the right option for you, just contact us! We can answer your questions and even bring you in for a consultation.

A lot of men are hesitant to get Botox because they’re afraid it’s not a masculine thing to do – but there’s no gender restriction on taking care of your appearance. We’re happy to help you make an informed decision about what’s best for you.